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Columbine Records Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Attorneys for a Denver newspaper are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to rule that videotapes, writings and other documents made by the Columbine High School gunmen in the months before their attack could be considered public records.

The documents were seized from the killers' homes by the Jefferson County sheriff's office shortly after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher in April 1999. Attorneys for the sheriff and the parents of the teenagers say the documents remain private property and can't be released, even though the sheriff's office is holding them and has used them in its investigation.

It may be the first time the state Supreme Court has ever considered whether private documents seized under a search warrant could ever be made part of the public record against the owner's will. If the Supreme Court agreed with The Denver Post that the documents could be considered public records, a Jefferson County judge would then have to determine which -- if any -- of the documents could be released.

But Brian Rohrbaugh says he believes the documents will never be released. He says they would show what the Klebolds, Harrises and county officials knew about the gunmen before the attacks, and he says they don't want that information to come out.


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